The Silo Series was created to promote the sharing of the written and spoken word among an already existing and thriving arts community.
All events are generally by $5 suggested donation and open to all.
Readings take place roughly on an irregular basis – join our email list to receive notices about upcoming events.
We hope to see you there!
Sunday, November 21, 3pm
Join us for the NH Seacoast Storytellers annual Tellebration on Sunday, November 21 at The Word Barn!
This family storytelling afternoon will feature tellers Nicolette Nordin Heavy, Jonathan Cummings, Barbara Ann Paster, Shawn Middleton, Martha Read Johnson, and Pam Matson.
Doors open at 2:30pm, event starts at 3pm.
$10 person / $12 family
Proceeds go to the National Storytelling Network
Launch of Dead on Deadline – the first in the new Piper Greene Exeter Mystery Series
Wednesday, September 15, 7pm
Join us for the launch of Lara Bricker’s new book, Dead on Deadline, and the first in the new Piper Greene Exeter Mystery Series!
Tickets are donation-based ($5/person suggestion), with the ability to include a copy of Dead on Deadline book available for pick up at the event thanks to Water Street Bookstore. Registration required due to Covid-capacity limitations.
“A new cozy mystery series set in a quaint New England town with a quirky cast of characters, historical tidbits and a newspaper reporter who always finds herself in the middle of murders”
Just as her journalism career in the city is taking off, Piper Greene returns to her tiny New England hometown to care for her beloved aunt, Gladys. She takes a job at the Exeter Independent, where her days are filled with stories of read more…
*Join the Barn Club and receive $5 ticket discounts every month.
Poetry in the Meadow with Jen Onken, Kerrin McCadden, and Sandra Lim
Sunday, September 19, 4:30pm
Come join us for an evening of poetry in the Word Barn Meadow!
Jen Ryan Onken lives and teaches in southern Maine. Recent poems have appeared in The Night Heron Barks, SWWIM, Zocalo Public Square, and on Maine Public Radio. Her chapbook Medea at the Laundromat was a 2021 finalist for the Larry Levis Post-Grad prize at Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers, where she recently completed her MFA.
Sandra Lim is the author of three poetry collections: most recently The Curious Thing (W.W. Norton, 2021), and The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). She has received the Levis Reading Prize, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake (Black Sparrow Press), currently a finalist for the New England Book Award; Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes (New Issues Poetry & Prose), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Vermont Book Award; and the chapbook Keep This to Yourself (Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. McCadden has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. McCadden teaches at The Center for Technology, Essex and lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
Held in The Word Barn Meadow, this is an open-air, distanced, contactless event, and COVID conscious event.
Poetry in the Meadow with Chard deNiord, Kylie Gellatly, and Samantha DeFlitch
Sunday, October 3, 4:30pm
Come join us for an evening of poetry in the Word Barn Meadow!
Chard deNiord is the author of six books of poetry, most recently In My Unknowing (University of Pittsburgh Press 2020), Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). He is also the author of two books of interviews with eminent American poets titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century Poetry (Marick Press, 2011) and I Would Lie To You If I Could (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). deNiord is a Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Providence College and the former poet laureate of Vermont from 2015 to 2019. He lives in Westminster West with his
Kylie Gellatly is the author of The Fever Poems, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (Summer 2021). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Palette Poetry, COUNTERCLOCK, Iterant Magazine, GASHER, Petrichor, La Vague Journal, Feral Poetry, Literary North, SWWIM, and elsewhere. Her book reviews and interviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Adroit Journal, Green Mountains Review, and Pleiades. Kylie is the poetry editor for Mount Holyoke Review and the Book Reviews Editor for Green Mountains Review. She has been awarded the Factory Hollow Press Scholarship to the Juniper Writing Institute and has received two fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center. Kylie lives in Western Massachusetts and is a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mount Holyoke College.
Samantha DeFlitch is the author of Confluence (Broadstone Books, 2021). She is the Associate Director of the Connors Writing Center at the University of New Hampshire, where she completed her MFA. She has received a fellowship from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, and she is the 2018 recipient of the Dick She Memorial Award for Poetry. She lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Poetry in the Meadow: A Book Launch Celebration w/Sarah Anderson
Friday, June 25, 7pm
We are so excited to share this moment with you!
Please join us for the launch of Sarah Anderson’s debut poetry collection,
We Hold On To What We Can, published by Loom Press.
Tickets are donation-based ($5/person suggestion), with the ability to include a copy of We Hold On To What We Can book – registration required due to Covid-capacity limitations.
Sarah Anderson holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has 18 years of high school teaching experience, and currently teaches 8th grade and 10th grade English at Berwick Academy. With her husband, she owns and operates The Word Barn in Exeter, NH, a gathering space for literary and musical events, where she runs a reading series (The Silo Series) as well as various creative writing workshops. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including December Magazine, Raleigh Review, and North American Review.
Poetry in the Meadow with Jennifer Militello and Matt W. Miller
Sunday, July 18, 4:30pm
Come join us for an evening of poetry in the Word Barn Meadow!
Jennifer Militello is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection The Pact (Tupelo Press/Shearsman Books, 2021), and the memoir Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize (Dzanc Books, 2019), as well as four additional collections of poetry including A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly, and Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY, and Tin House. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.
Matt W. Miller was born and raised in Lowell, MA. He is the author of Tender the River (Texas Review Press), The Wounded for the Water (Salmon Poetry), Club Icarus (University of Noth Texas Press), selected by Major Jackson as the 2012 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize winner, and Cameo Diner: Poems (Loom). He has published work previously in Slate, Harvard Review, and many other journals. He was the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 Nimrod International Review’s Pablo Neruda Prize, the 2015 River Styx Micro-Beer, Micro Fiction Prize, and Iron Horse Review’s 2015 Trifecta Poetry Prisze. He has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Miller has taught creative writing and literature at Stanford University, UMASS Lowell, New England College, Harvard Extension and the Concord State Prison for Men. He lives in NH with his family and teaches and coaches football at Phillips Exeter Academy where he also co-directs the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter.
A Virtual Word Barn Evening with author Cary Einhaus
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm
Are you drawn to genres such as historical fiction, Bildungsroman, mystery, and romance? If so, this reading could be for you!
Join The Word Barn Silo Series online as we celebrate Cary Einhaus’ first novel, The Centurion’s Boy.
A native Midwesterner, R. Cary Einhaus earned an M.A. from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English, and has served on the faculty at Phillips Exeter for the past twenty-four years. Much of his professional career centers on writing: coaching student writers as both a college counselor and a part-time English teacher, as well as composing college recommendation letters for Exeter seniors. Cary’s first personal essay was published in Exeter’s A Book of Meditations, Volume 2; other essays can be found at his website www.rcaryeinhaus.com. The Centurion’s Boy is Cary’s first novel.
A zoom link and password will be on your electronic ticket. $5 suggestion donation. (Donation box will appear after selecting ticket and clicking Checkout).
Five Years of Word (Barn): An Open-Air Reading
Saturday, August 22, 2020 7:30pm
Join us in our Word Barn Meadow to celebrate the 5th birthday of The Silo Series / The Word Barn.
For this reading, we will gather – spread out and distanced in our meadow – to listen to the poems & stories of six writers – four of whom originally read and helped launch the very first Silo Series reading in 2015.
You’ll hear the words of poets Jessica Purdy, Matt W. Miller, Todd Hearon, Lily Greenberg, Maggie Dietz, & Rhosalyn Williams, & Fiction Writer Tim Horvath. (Each writer will read for 5-10 minutes).
Because capacity for this open-air event is limited, we ask that you register for the event using the link below to secure your spot.
“Doors” at 7pm, reading at 7:30pm. Bring your own chairs/blankets.
The day before the event, you will receive an email outlining all safety protocol and giving you any other information you will need for this open-air, limited-capacity, masked & distanced event.
We look forward to seeing you in our meadow for this end-of-summer celebration of poetry & fiction!
A Virtual Silo Series Reading: Jen Onken, Nancy Krygowski, Sarah Anderson & Guy Capecelatro III
Sunday, July 19, 7pm
The Silo Series is pleased to present four writers in a virtual fashion
Suggested donations: Vemno – thewordbarn
*proceeds go to the writers
Nancy Krygowski is the author of Velocity, winner of the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is an ESOL instructor at a non-profit and also teaches in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.
Jen Ryan Onken lives and teaches in southern Maine. Recent poems have appeared on Maine Public Radio, and in Harbor Review, DeLuge, and Love’s Executive Order. In 2019 she was finalist for the Washburn Prize and won the Maine Poet’s Society prize for previously unpublished poets. Jen recently completed her MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Guy Capecelatro III is the author of the books Some Women and Cape Breton Poems. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Quarterly West, Story Quarterly, The Hawaii Review, The Square, The Wire, Dasein, Utter, The Penguin Review, Spotlight Magazine, Hi-Fi Magazine, Rollerderby, Multi-Ball, Mono, Aegis, Boston Rock and Tray-Full of Lab Mice Productions. For four years he was the editor of the ‘zine Two-Ton Santa.
Sarah Anderson holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has been teaching English for 16 years, and currently teaches in southern Maine. With her husband, she owns and operates The Word Barn in Exeter, NH, a gathering space for literary and musical events, where she runs a reading series (The Silo Series) as well as various creative writing workshops.
In Like a Lion: The Silo Series presents Theresa Monteiro, Sally Ball, & Noah Burton
Sunday, March 8, 4pm
Theresa Monteiro is a second year MFA student at the University of New Hampshire studying poetry. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Dick Shea Memorial Award for Poetry. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and six children.
Sally Ball is the author of HOLD SWAY, WRECK ME, and ANNUS MIRABILIS, all from Barrow Street. She’s an associate professor of English at Arizona State University and an associate director for Four Way Books. She also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her long poem HOLD has been made into a large-format artist’s book by the award-winning Czech gravurist Jan Vičar (2018) and exhibited internationally.
Noah Burton is the author of the poetry collections, Look Out Animal (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2018) and Clothesline Saga (forthcoming Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2020). He is a woodworker), a barista, and a member of the Salisbury, MA based band, Lightsleeper.
Doors will open at 3:30 pm.
$5 suggested donation
beer/wine/cider (suggested donation)
complimentary coffee & delicious sweet treats
made by Jen Evans
A Midwinter Night’s Dream
Storytellers & Snacks – SOLD OUT
Thursday, January 16, 2020
A benefit for the Exeter LitFest featuring Debbie Kane, Jack Herney, Rob Richards, Barbara Rimkunas, Molly Simmons, and Pat Spaulding.
These first-person winter themed stories will be similar to the style heard in the Moth – all emceed by Lisa Bunker.
Ticket includes show & snacks. Beer, cider & wine available by suggested donation. Post-show mingle with authors and storytellers.
The Exeter LitFest, held for the first time in 2019, recently received approval as a 501c-3 non-profit organization with the intention of making the festival an annual event. January’s event will benefit the newly formed non-profit to help offset costs of the Second Annual Exeter LitFest slated for April 3 and 4 of 2020. The inaugural festival in April of 2019 included a keynote by Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, as well as events with Joe Hill, Brendan Dubois, and NH Teen Poet Laureate Cate Dixon.
Holiday Family Story Hour
Thursday, December 19, 2019 – SOLD OUT
Come get in the holiday spirit for an hour of stories at The Word Barn on December 19!
Enjoy delicious cookies, hot cocoa, eggnog and rum (for us adults), Enna Chocolate treats & an assortment of favorite holiday stories read by John Herman, Andrew Periale, Bonnie Meier Periale, Miles Burns, and Chris Hislop (as Santa).
Bring your kids in their pjs (if you’d like)
All ages are welcome!
$7 per person/ $23 per family – SOLD OUT
This event sells out. Pre-registration needed (register here).
McKee, Steinorth, & Erlichman
Friday, Oct 11, 2019
L.S. McKee’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Originally from the mountains of East Tennessee, she now lives in Boston and teaches writing and communication across disciplines at MIT.
Jennifer Sperry Steinorth is a poet, educator, interdisciplinary artist, and licensed builder. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Colorado Review, and elsewhere. Her brand new (first full-length) book is A Wake with Nine Shades.
Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. Her poems explore recovery –– of language, of home, of mind –– and value the “scattered wholeness” of healing. Her debut poetry book, Odes to Lithium, came out in September 2019.
$5 suggested donation
beer/wine/cider (by donation)
September Voices: Poets Laura Foley & April Ossmann
Sunday, Sept 22, 2019
On Sunday, September 22, at 4:00 pm, please come to The Word Barn to hear these two fine poets read their work as part of the Silo Series!
April Ossmann is the author of Event Boundaries and Anxious Music (Four Way Books), recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, and former executive director of Alice James Books. She is an independent editor (poetry, essays, reviews): www.aprilossmann.com; and a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College.
Laura Foley is the author of seven poetry collections, variously honored with the Foreword Book of the Year Award (Silver), finalist for the NH Writer’s Project’s Outstanding Book of Poetry, and the Bisexual Writer’s Award. Her most recent book, Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, received a Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews.
A September Reading
Sunday, Sept 8, 2019
Come to The Word Barn on Sunday, September 8 to experience these three voices:
Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of three haiku chapbooks, and his haiku have appeared in over 50 journals and over 30 anthologies worldwide.
William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight — all published by Copper Canyon Press.
JS Graustein, is an ecologist by training, a poet by practice, and a publisher by accident. She is the calligrapher of numerous haiku collections, and she runs Folded Word, a Meredith-based publisher of ecoliterature.
Finley and Schraffenberger
Friday, July 12, 2019
Join us in The Word Barn for these four voices:
J.D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion and The Waxen Poor. He is the winner of the Seattle Review Poetry Prize, the Birmingham Poetry Review Collins Prize, and the Arkana Nonfiction Contest. His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.
Adrianne Finlay’s debut novel, Your One And Only, was a Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book and was selected by Kirkus as a Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 as well as a Best Young Adult Book of 2018. She received her PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she now lives in Iowa with her husband and their two young daughters. She is an associate professor of English and the Program Director of Creative Writing at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. Her work has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, New Linear Perspectives, the Journal of Popular Culture, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, reading, or grading, she’s making soap to sell locally, raising money for type 1 diabetes research.
Past readers have included:
Maggie Dietz, Tim Horvath, David Rivard, Chard DeNiord, Paul Yoon, Matt Miller, Mark Decarteret, Jessica Purdy, Jayne Benjulian, Todd Hearon, S Stephanie, Jim Rioux, Andrew Periale, Katherine Towler, Ralph Sneeden, Andrew Mitchell, Sue Repko, Peter Anderson, Hope Jordan, Jenny Johnson, Erica Plouffe Lazure, Beth Ann Miller, Megan Leonard, William Stratton, Cynthia Huntington, Clark Knowles, Mike Nelson, Lauren Mb Vermette, Kathleen Clancy, Nancy Jean Hill, Jerome Daly, Kristen Ringman, Alice B Fogel, Ella McGrail, Michael McInnis, Meg Day, David Moloney, Michael Brosnan, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Lee Ann Dalton, Tom Simpson, Adrian Shirk, Mercy Carbonell, Baron Wormser, Cyndle Plaisted Rials, Kate Hanson Foster, Mimi White, Jim Rioux, Mary Saliba, Jon Lemay, Shira Dentz, Joan Houlihan, Martha Collins, Rebecca Hennessy, Sherri Flick, Jill McDonough, Brian Evans-Jones, Alicia Jo Rabins, Nathan McClain, Gwen E. Kirby, Chelsea Woodard, Anders Carlson-Wee, Cassandra Cleghorn, Jeffrey Levine, Ilya Kaminsky, and Guy Capecelatro III.